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By Stephen J. Gaudet

within the first century of the typical period, the Romans may perhaps boast of being the main pious society within the identified international. They possessed a hugely based societal association with a well-defined hierarchy the place every body knew their position and the non-public and interpersonal tasks linked therewith. It was once understood that their luck was once due largely to conserving a dating with the gods. but while, social inequality and absence of justice for its contributors used to be ubiquitous and in simple terms a part of the material of that society. Into this milieu steps Saul of Tarsus, later referred to as the Apostle Paul. established upon the real corpus of Paul, a brand new utopian society was once envisaged--a society in accordance with equality and justice for all, not only for the elite. This eschatological group is in sharp distinction with Imperial Rome. Following the demise of Paul, writers invoking Paul's authority by way of claiming that their texts have been authored by way of the apostle himself, endured writing letters to numerous Christian groups. in spite of the fact that, their texts differed in major methods from Paul's imaginative and prescient. but those corrupted texts have survived and prompted the improvement of Christianity for 2 millennia. it's valuable to retrieve the genuine imaginative and prescient of Paul for a global in critical want of that eschatological vision.

"A Christian Utopia is a daring new edition of Paul's egalitarian imaginative and prescient, set opposed to the iron backdrop of hierarchical Roman society. Gaudet succeeds in conveying the novel personality of Paul's scan via differential comparability with Roman assets, dependent upon his precise wisdom of the social and ideological mechanisms of Roman energy . . . . Gaudet's retrieval of Paul's imaginative and prescient is a prophetic problem to the twenty-first-century regime of inequality and the complacency of the institutional church."
--Laurence L. Welborn, Professor of recent Testament and Early Christianity, Fordham University

Dr. Stephen J. Gaudet used to be a Fellow in spiritual experiences at Harvard college the place he studied and accomplished his thesis less than the course of Professor Helmut Koester. He additionally has a historical past in technological know-how, incomes levels in biochemistry and undertaking study on the nationwide Institutes of well-being and has taught on the college point. also, he additionally holds a Juris Doctorate.

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